My anxiety and Panic turned out to be Lyme Disease

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CricketSC
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   Posted 1/28/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Graves Disease back in 1995. I had RAI in 1996 and I have had panic and anxiety ever since.

For the past twelve years I have gone from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I have had brain fog, severe anxiety, severe panic attacks, rapid heart rate, memory loss, and my hair was falling out.

Everytime I went to the doctor my symptoms would be attributed to my thyroid problem or I was told it was all in my head and I needed antidepressants since my levels were "normal".

My brain fog and panic attacks at this point was so severe I got lost driving home and it was really scary. I was determined to find out what was wrong with me. I went to nine more doctors before I got my answer. I was tested for Lyme Disease and it was positive. The news was bitter sweet. I was elated to have an answer but at the same time nervous of the upcoming treatment.

For those of you not familiar with Lyme it is caused by a tick bite. The tick can be as small as the period at the of this sentence. You many not even know you have been bit. Some people do develop a rash from the bite that looks like a bullseye and others do not.

Since it has taken so long for me to get a diagnosis I now have chronic Lyme Disease. I will be on antibiotics for months possibly years and there is no guarantee that it won't return.

I have found out that alot of people with Lyme Disease have thyroid problems, panic, and anxiety. I am by no means suggesting that you have Lyme but if you have alot of symptoms like I did with no resolve it may be worth getting tested for it.

Testing can be tricky. I am one of the lucky ones that tested positive by CDC standards. Many people do not test positive but still have it.

I have been on an antibiotic cocktail for a month now and I am happy to say that my brain fog, panic and anxiety have improved more than I ever thought possible!! I am starting to feel like myself again!

Sorry for the long winded post but I am so happy to have an answer that I wanted to share it with you in case any of you are having the same problems or symptoms.
Graves Disease, hypothyroidism, and Lyme


Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/29/2007 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting sorry bout the lymes
You no doubt know that the forum is great in Lymes and if you have not been there I would if it were I
Many things are hard to rule out and masked by A/P and I am glad you stuck to your guns and did what you had to do for you self ..........and for a proper DX.........
You take care and keep us posted plz
Lyn


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 1/30/2007 4:38:29 AM (GMT-7)


CricketSC
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   Posted 1/29/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lyn! and yes I spend many hours on the Lyme forum here.
I want to wish everyone best of luck with your anxiety and panic treatments! Your answer is out there you just have to keep on digging.

Cricket
Graves Disease, hypothyroidism, and Lyme


Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/30/2007 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Cricket same to you
God Bless and come back anytime '
Luvs
Lyn
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